The personal training account (CPF) can be used by any employee in France throughout their working life, including any periods of unemployment. The CPF allows employees to follow qualifying or certifying training. The CPF replaced the individual right to training (Dif) but employees do not lose the hours already acquired under the Dif. They only have to integrate them into the CPF before July 1, 2021 to keep them.

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What is the CPF?

The “Compte personnel de formation” (i.e. ‘personal training account’) was created in order to provide training opportunities throughout an employee’s professional life in France, encouraging everyone to undertake training or study throughout their working life until retirement age.

The CPF and your French language course – how does it work?

Create your “Compte personnel de formation ” (i.e. ‘personal training account’) online.

Check the amount you are entitled to.

Choose a qualifying course. For example you can use the CPF to undertake a French language training course as long as it results in a certification found in the CNCP’s list. You can use the DELF/DALF/TCF etc .

Take the course. And don’t forget you will need to complete your course with a recognised language qualification to meet the CPF funding requirements.

How much can I claim ?

Create your “Compte personnel de formation ” (i.e. ‘personal training account’) online.

Check the amount you are entitled to and then choose a qualifying course and don’t forget to complete the language qualification that is necessary to meet the CPF funding requirements.

You can use the CPF to undertake a French language training course as long as it results in a French language certification that figures in the list established by the CNCP (Commission Nationale de la Certification Professionnelle). Examples are the DELF/DALF/TCF.

Since the beginning of 2015 when the CPF replaced the DIF the list of training courses compatible with the CPF has evolved frequently and it continues to do so. A full list of courses and certifications is available on the CNCP website .

You can also consult the list of training courses on the official government  website for the CPF .